2020's Word of the Year

2020 word of the year- Release
Release control of what I can't control. Release worry. Release fear. Release...

Wednesday, January 20

Praying for Haiti

I haven't posted about Haiti because quite honestly I just haven't known what to say. The devastation has left me speechless. When I first heard about the quake my first thoughts were of my friend Lisa and her family because Lisa's daughter Laura was in Haiti at the time. I spent many moments in the next couple of days praying for Laura and her team as well as the orphans they were working with. I have tried very hard not to watch the news. I learned when Hurricane Katrina hit that I could become obsessed with the news coverage and lose my perspective in the situation.
So, what is my perspective? I think cataclysmic things like the earthquake in Haiti are wake up calls. Are we as Christians living our lives every day as if we were to meet our  maker at any moment? And even moreso, are we telling others about the gospel of Christ and His power over death? And now, am I as an individual doing what I can to help those suffering in Haiti? Am I willing to give up a few of my luxuries so that I can send money over there to help buy food, water and shelter?
As a mother, the idea that thousands of children have died and are dying is too painful for me to think of. And I was reminded that God sees orphans die every day; people who do not have a Heavenly father, who die with no hope. It gives me the slightest glimpse of what God sees every single day.
I've also been thinking lately that God is still here. The God of Moses, the God of David, the God who performed all of those great Old Testament miracles is still God. And He loves us dearly and wants us to live for Him. And He is waiting for those of us who claim to belong to Him to step up and help Haiti. The question is how does God want you to help?
I encourage you to think about how you can help. I know I am.

Tuesday, January 12

January 12,2010

Wow, time sure flies when you're busy. We're doing great here, getting back into school routines and such.

Monday, January 4

Adoption Day

December 22nd came and we finally got our day in court. I haven't posted about it earlier because with the Holidays we've just been pretty busy. Anyway, after months of waiting the actual court hearing was kind of lowkey. We went in, swore our oath to tell the truth, answered a few questions and the judge pronounced the adoption as final. That was it...and we officially became parents of two more little boys.

25 Books read in 2009

So I read just 25 books this year. I usually average a book or more a week. But this year I haven't been able to find as much time to read. I will put an asterisk next to the books I would recommend.

The Wedding Dress
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society *
The Mascot *
Kiss by Ted Dekker *
Lock and Key
Home School (thumbs down)
Damaged Angels(about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
Life on Planet Mom
The Runaway Quilt *
Cross Country Quilters *
Round Robin *
Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out *
The Quilter's Apprentice *
In Praise of Stay at Home Moms by Dr Laura *
Sweet Revenge
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
No Retreat by Anna Rauschning - excellent book on Nazi Germany *
Pocketful of Pinecones (great book for homeschooler on nature studies) *
The Lucky One
The Devil in the Junior League
The Secret Pleasures of Menopause - read with caution
Ticket To Tomorrow
Living With Fred
Gone With the Groom
The Wedding Caper

The Simple Woman's Daybook


January 4, 2010

Outside my window...little birds flitting in the yard.

I am thinking...of what I need to do this week.

I am thankful for...my family

From the kitchen...baked bread today.

I am wearing...jeans and t-shirt, I need to be more creative.

I am creating...a menu.

I am going...crazy? :)

I am reading...blogs.

I am hoping...for a short, calm month.

I am hearing...listening to Comfort Food on my mp3 player.

Around the house...putting away the Christmas decorations.

One of my favorite things...quiet afternoons.

A few plans for the rest of the week: errands, cleaning the sewing area and some organizing.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

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